18 April 2010
In 1948, some 24,000 Jews lived in Lebanon. Most of them were in Beirut. Today, there only 30 seniors.
Jewish community symbols in Beirut today are the Magen Avraham synagogue and the Jewish cemetery (with 3,300 burials).
Tracing the Tribe has previously written about Beirut and its Jewish community.
During the Lebanese civil war, the cemetery was the border of the Christian Phalange forces. Although damaged by bombs, it was never desecrated.
A Lebanese Christian, Nagi Georges Zeidan, has memorialized the Jewish community of his country by researching its history and creating a database, using both cemetery and civil registrations, with 3,184 gravestone inscriptions
Both Ashkenazi and Sephardi burials are included in the searchable database.
Click here for the English database and here for the French version.
Do check out the many searchable databases covering numerous countries and topics at SephardicGen.com.